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District Scouts flew at the 2016 District Fly-o-Ree!

See the 2016 Fly-o-Ree page for the whole story and more pictures!

Come one, come all….. to the 2016 Baden Powell Council Pack Program Planning Conference!
July 6, 2016 - Our Lady of Sorrows RC Church, Vestal NY

See the Training Page for details

Congratulations to Doug Blakely and Lynn Green
2016 Taughannock District Award of Merit

For more pictures from the 2016 District Awards Social, see the Scrapbook Page!

New Requirements for Cooking Merit Badge

There are new requirements for Cooking Merit Badge, which were introduced earlier this year. This is unusual, since the badge was completely redone less than two years ago. Apparently, complaints from leaders led to this revision. If your Scouts are starting Cooking, make sure they're using the current requirements - as usual, if they started the old requirements with their counselor, they can finish them up. The new requirements can be found on the US Scout Service Project website or downloaded here in PDF form. 

Venturing Leader Specific Training Released

From BSA National: 03/02/2016

Connecting volunteers to the learning content they need when they need it is the purpose of the new BSA LearnCenter. New Venturing content has been added to the learn center consisting of 14 e-learning modules. It provides training on key topics such as selecting youth officers, building a crew budget and annual program planning, making it possible for Venturing leaders to complete position specific training online.

Position specific training is delivered in three parts, or learning plans. Each learning plan is designed for the specific position and is recommended to be taken before the first meeting, within the first 30 days, and within 90 days. The training program is self-paced, allowing volunteers to complete their training at their own pace. 

Training is found on My.Scouting.Org under Home, My Dashboard, My Training, or, click the Position Specific Training image on the right side of the home page.

Check out our District Scrapbook for recent Cub Doings!

Baden-Powell Council Cub Scout and Webelos

Here are the winners.:


Nathaniel - Pack 102, Virgil
Brennen - Pack 102, Virgil
Caleb - Pack 102, Virgil


Owen - Pack 43, Apalachin
Nico - Pack 4, Ithaca
Finn - Pack 38, Owego

Congratulations to All!
Certificates for winners and participation buttons for all will be available at Roundtables in March.

Download a Congratulations Flyer here (PDF)

Sea Scout Ship 25 at Florida SeaBase

Recently, Ithaca Sea Scout Ship 25 traveled to Florida's BSA SeaBase for their Live Aboard Scuba program. The unit lived on a 73' schooner and enjoyed scuba diving on several reefs in the Florida Keys, as well as an unplanned excursion to Key West. The trip was such a success that they are planning another trip for December 2017!

Ship's crew upon arrival at SeaBase 

The SCUBA group at the bottom of Sombrero Reef. 

Are you getting The Link

The Baden-Powell Council has begun sending out a bi-weekly e-newsletter called The Link. 
If you did not receive a copy recently, then you should sign up through the Council to get on the mailing list!

Announcing the Baden-Powell Council Duty to God Committee's Web Site!

 Take a look at our new website - badenpowellcouncildutytogod.org

It provides information on: 

  • Ways to bring "Duty to God" into your unit
  • Ideas for Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath
  • Ideas for Scouts Own Services
  • FAQ: Reverence & Duty to God some questions and resources
  • Information on our "10 Commandments Hike"

- Eileen Horan Heileeno@aol.com

Announcing the Troop 4 Centennial Good Turn Challenge!

 Since 1916, Troop 4 has been serving the Ithaca community. As a part of their centennial celebration this year, the Scouts of Troop 4 have committed to
complete 100 hours of service to their community. That’s 100 hours each! 

Further, Troop 4 is challenging the rest of the Taughannock District to join them in making a real difference in our communities during their centennial year.
If every Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Explorer, Venturer, and Scout leader in our district (not to mention every Commissioner and District person) joins Troop 4 (there are more than 700 of us, as of December 31st) , we can do thousands of acts of service this year. If only 500 of us did just 200 good turns each this year (roughly one every other day), that would be (hmmm, let me see… 500 x 200 = 100,000) ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND GOOD TURNS!

So, that’s the challenge:
One hundred thousand Good Turns in 2016! 

If every Scout did a good turn every day (hmmm… Do a Good Turn Daily - what a good idea!), then we’d blow that number away.

So, how do you go about participating? It’s easy. Do at least one good turn daily. It doesn’t matter if it’s 10 seconds or 10 hours, they all count! In fact, if you’re doing a service project, you can count each hour as a separate good turn. Keep track of how many good turns you and your Scouts do. 

Report your totals each month! It's easy - you can report them:

  • Write it down at Roundtable - we'll have a check-off sheet by unit, just enter the total number for your unit since the last time you reported.

  • By email to GoodTurn@TCScouts.org 

  • On our Track It Forward Good Turn website - just set up an account. After that you just enter a number, pull-down a menu for your unit, and you're done! Anyone can set up an account - we recommend one per unit, but if one of your Scouts or Venturers wants his or her own, go for it!

  • If you're entering a service project by your unit into the National Service Project tracking system, no need to do anything else - you're done! We'll get those numbers and count one Good Turn per person-hour. 

Watch the total climb until we meet the challenge!

Here’s the fine print: Stay tuned for further developments. We’re working on recognition for everyone who participates. We’re working on a list of what qualifies as a good turn, in case there’s a question. While we work on these things, we’re asking you and your Scouts (that means all of us, from our newest Tigers to senior citizen Scouts) to do a good turn daily, and to report a number of good turns that you do. Scout parents, too. Everyone can help!

We can and will make a difference. Scouting matters. Do your best!

Mike Homrighaus

Welcome to Taughannock District's newest Cub Scout Pack
Pack 102 in Virgil!

More pictures from one of their recent meetings on our Scrapbook page

Youth Opportunity for Philmont in 2016
Troop 4 (Ithaca) has up to 3 youth slots available for a 2016 Philmont trek!

  • What: 11 days backpacking at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron NM. We will choose the specific trek route/itinerary in late February. Our trek will likely to be 70-80 miles of backpacking and will include a great range of program activities (rock climbing, shooting, mine tours, railroading, etc.) that Philmont is known for. We will also do about 3 days of pre-Philmont activities somewhere in the southwest, likely to include things like rafting, zip lining, sightseeing, etc.

  • When: The trek itself is July 22-Aug 3. The entire trip will span July 19 to August 4, 2016. We will fly to and from Denver and rent vans for pre-Philmont activities and travel to Cimarron.

  • Cost: Likely in the $2,200 per person range (all inclusive)

  • Requirements/obligations: Be at least Star rank and have camping and hiking merit badges or earn them by the time of departure (Troop 4 requirements). Minimum age is 14 years (Philmont requirement). For Philmont purposes, a "youth" can be up to 21 years old. Potential youth participants should be experienced in backpacking, and would optimally have their own gear (we do have some loaner equipment if necessary). Some additional purchases may be necessary, and would be in addition to the cost listed above. A Philmont trek is physically and mentally demanding and is not recommended for novice or inexperienced youth.

  • What next? Please contact Bill Miller (Troop 4) for additional information, if you have further questions, etc. Email wbm8@cornell.edu or phone 607-227-2780.

Download a flyer here (PDF)

Troop 48 held a Cook-Off at Camp Comstock on November 21st

See the District Scrapbook for more pictures!

New Boy Scout Advancement Requirements 
Announced for 2016

Big changes are now in effect for Boy Scout advancement. 
See the Advancement Page for details.

BSA National Websites for Scouting Information and News

 Scoutingwire (not to be confused with Scout Wire) is a resource for all Scouters. The URL is http://scoutingwire.org/ and you can subscribe to regular updates. 

Scouters in Taughannock District units should consider signing up - it looks like it should be a great resource. The Winter issue of The Commissioner newsletter is one of the first articles.

You might also be interested in the blogs from BSA National:

BSA National's Recruiting Materials Website

Try http://www.scouting.org/Home/Marketing/Recruiting_Build.aspx
and http://scoutingwire.org/marketing-and-membership-hub/ 
for flyers, posters, cards, yard signs on the latest National BSA recruiting theme.
For the 2014 "Badge of Honor" materials, use  http://www.scouting.org/badgeofhonor.aspx

Materials to help with your unit's recruiting efforts

Peer-to-Peer Business Cards

The best recruiters for your unit are your present members! Prospective Cubs or Scouts will be much more likely to take a look at your unit if they're asked by someone their own age. National has provided forms for  Peer-to-Peer Business Cards you can use for your unit. Print these cards on pre-perforated Avery 8371 or Staples 12522 Business Cards or the equivalent, or print on plain 8½x11" card stock and cut them to size on a paper cutter. Hand them out to your youth members and let them give the cards to prospective recruits!

  • Cub Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - two sided, the back side of these cards can be filled in with an invitation to a specific event PDF

  • Boy Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - two sided, the back side of these cards can be filled in with an invitation to a specific event PDF

  • Happy Halloween Cub Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - with Taughannock District website and e-mail - PDF

Ithaca School District Flyer Policy

All Ithaca units who are considering distributing flyers through the Ithaca School District should review the School District Flyer Policy.
Especially note the disclaimer which is required to be on every flyer

Advancement and Recognition News

  • Cub Advancement News: See our Advancement page for more information. 
  • Scout Advancement News: 2016 Boy Scout Advancement Requirements are now in effect! See our Advancement page for more information.
    • Life to Eagle Training will be offered at several roundtables throughout the year. See the Advancement Page for details.  
    • Merit Badge Counselor List: Download the latest list from the Advancement page
    • BSA introduced a number of new merit badges:  watch our Advancement page for details as they become available! 
      • Sustainability - released July 15, 2013

      • Programming - released July 15, 2013

      • Digital Technology (replacing Computers) - released April 16, 2014

      • Animation - released May, 2015

      • Mining in Society - released February 24, 2014

      • Signs, Signals and Codes - released February 26, 2015

      • Computer Aided Design - no date yet

      • Advanced Computing - no date yet

Activity and Program News

See the Activities Page or Camping Page for information on upcoming events. 

Up, up and away at the District Fly-o-Ree 
and EAA Young Eagles Fly-for-Free Rally! 
May 20-22, 2016 - Ithaca Airport 

On International Learn to Fly Days, our district will be holding its Fly-o-ree at the Ithaca/Tompkins Airport. 
This will be a day full of flying fun for your troop! 

More information on the Activities Page

Venture Crews: See the note on the Activity Page

District News

  • Help Wanted - Experienced Scouters wanted for Taughannock District Committee positions. Openings in:

    • Activities (Cub, Scout and Venturing)

    • Advancement (Cub and Scout)

    • Finance

    • Membership

    • Commissioner Corps - especially Ithaca, Cortland and Marathon

  • Long hours, no pay, great job satisfaction. This opportunity won't come again (until next week), so act NOW! Contact the District Executive or District Commissioner, or e-mail to info@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org 

Council News

See the Baden-Powell Council website

National and International News

What's New? Updated Content on the District Website

  • December 28, 2015 - The Council Merit Badge Counselor list on the Advancement Page was updated

  • January 9, 2016 

  • January 20: 

  • March 1:

  • March 23: Note on updated requirements for Cooking Merit Badge

  • April 17: Added pictures from Awards Social to Scrapbook

Ever wonder how many different Council and District patches we've had? 

Is your collection complete? Mine isn't, but it's close. Take a look at this page and see which you're missing (or I am).

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